Two years ago, 158 Mississippi schools were at risk of failing. West Lowndes Elementary was one of them. As Principal Robert Sanders stared at the 2007-2008 state test scores, he knew the odds were stacked against his students. He also knew he wasn't going to give up. And so he set about an ambitious plan to revamp not only a school but a community.
A Vernon, Ala. woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Beaverton, Ala. man.
Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter knows how it feels to have a loved one on military deployment. When her son was deployed with the U.S. Army to Iraq in 2005, Carpenter said all she could do was hope for some type of communication.
After more than 20 years and hundreds of tours, a Columbus icon is shutting her doors to pilgrimage visitors. Trudy Gildea, owner of Twelve Gables, one of the state's most historic homes, recently announced this year will be her home's pilgrimage swan song.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a recently formed organization on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, will host a program on the university campus.
Today's Dispatch is the last Saturday edition we will publish. Starting this week, The Dispatch will resume printing a Monday afternoon edition of the paper and will discontinue the Saturday morning edition.
It was a rainy, dreary afternoon, but the members of Girl Scout Troop 20253 charmed the crowd Friday, serving up megawatt smiles and steaming pans of baked ziti at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.
A house on Columbus' south side is now a lot brighter thanks to some volunteers from city hall. Mayor Robert Smith, Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box and others donated their time Friday to help an elderly Ward 1 resident.
Bond was denied Friday for three men accused of capital murder, in the March 24 shooting death of Mississippi State University student John Sanderson.
Members of the Columbus Police Department Thursday met with about 50 residents for a city-wide neighborhood watch program, hosted by CPD Chief Selvain McQueen.
Students at Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science are giving the past a voice at Friendship Cemetery, allowing Pilgrimage attendees to connect Columbus' history to its present.
Based on the agency's 2011 performance, the Columbus Housing Authority was rated as a high performer by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Heritage Academy will lose two of its top administrators at the end of the school year, with Headmaster Tommy Gunn and Heritage Elementary Principal Yandell Harris leaving for headmaster positions elsewhere.
A Georgia man has been arrested by deputies with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.
Economically, Columbus is poised to become a "shining star of the South," said economic development expert Bill Fruth, who noted a few caveats, some which didn't sit well with a group assembled Wednesday at Mississippi University for Women's Nissan Auditorium to hear him speak.
Starkville's leading economic developer, Jon Maynard, president and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, abruptly resigned from his position Wednesday.
The Columbus Arts Council hosts a gallery opening and reception tonight, featuring the work of international award-winning botanical watercolorist Hillary Parker. The Georgia-based artist's exhibit, "A Portfolio of Nature's Beauty," will be on display through April.
Arrests for the week of March, 18, 2012.
With the commencement of spring and summer sports, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Executive Director Roger Short already is looking to fall and winter. A $4.2 million soccer complex is scheduled to open in September, in the Burns Bottom area, which has Short hoping Columbus will catch soccer fever.
Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women are both being recognized nationally, with MSU being named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its community service activities, and MUW also being named to the honor roll.
1. Jurors hear 911 tape as Quinn murder trial begins STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
2. Jury finds Quinn guilty of capital murder STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY